Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson

The Icecutter's Daughter
(Land of Shining Water, Book #1)
Tracie Peterson
 Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date   Mar 1 2013
As the lone female in a houseful of men, Merrill Krause dedicates her life to caring for her family and their business, as her dying mother asked. Besides, it suits her; she's never felt like she fits what most people expect in a girl--she'd rather work with her father’s horses and assist with the ice harvest. And though she’s been mostly content up to this point, a part of her wonders if there will ever be anyone who will notice her amid the bevy of brothers determined to protect her from any possible suitors.
When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small Minnesota town to join his uncle's carpentry business, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn't intimidated by them or by Merrill's strength and lack of femininity. The attraction between them begins to build...until Rurik's former fiance shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.
Can Rurik and Merrill learn to trust God--and each other--when scandal threatens their newfound love?

My Review:
The Icecutter's Daughter is the first book in Tracie Peterson's new series Land of the Shining Water. I found it to be a wonderful mix of adventure and romance.  I was quickly drawn into the story on the first page, as Merrill is helping one of their Belgian mares through a difficult birth.  Merrill was described as a "handsome women" and not the typical heroine but Rurik was still drawn to her and soon sees her inner beauty.  I also enjoyed learning about the process of ice cutting in 1885 Minnesota, which was something I had never heard of. 
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading the other books in this series.

I received this book from Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

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About Tracie:
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana

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